Habits of the Heart: Where have "We the People'" Gone?
A retreat to reflect and to share about the repair and healing of our democracy. February 20 - 22, 2017
Monday 4:00 p.m. - Wednesday 11:00 a.m.
At Cathedral Ridge retreat center (north of Woodland Park on highway 67)
Based on the work of Parker Palmer in his groundbreaking book Healing the Heart of Democracy, in this retreat we will ask together, as Palmer writes, "Where have 'We the People' gone—we who have the power to reclaim democracy for its highest purposes...?" (p. 2) We may feel that we live in a time when our political conversation has become completely dysfunctional. And yet, this may be the very time of a new day. As the poet Theodore Roethke writes, “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” (Quoted by Palmer, p. 3)
This retreat is offered by us, Susan Kaplan and Vern Rempel. We are both facilitators with the national Center for Courage and Renewal (couragerenewal.org
). We are pleased to hold a space of repair and healing with you through a strongly and joyfully held process of listening, speaking, personal reflection, and silence. We have found this Circle of Trust® process to be powerful in our lives and in the lives of others for the sake of reawakening our hearts, restoring a sense of interpersonal trustworthiness, and helping us to perceive new pathways to move forward in the good work that we are called to do.
In Healing the Heart of Democracy
, Palmer describes five "habits of the heart" that can become practices for finding our way to a finer political conversation and a more secure sense of a healthy democracy. The five habits are:
- We must understand that we are all in this together.
- We must develop an appreciation of the value of “otherness.”
- We must cultivate the ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.
- We must generate a sense of personal voice and agency.
- We must strengthen our capacity to create community.
These five "habits" will form the core of our conversation and listening together. We will have the opportunity to consider what the habits mean, how we may practice them: how they can show up in our personal/political selves as we move through the world.
We warmly invite you to join with us in this retreat. During the retreat, you will never be required to speak. All things said in the process of our shared work will be held in confidence. We will value silence and thoughtful listening. In this way, we will invite our true hearts to show up a bit, and to discover a new measure of courage and capacity for that oftentimes vexing thing which we call "Democracy."
Cost for this three-day retreat is $325, including room and board.